The key players who established our department's identity, mission and vision.

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Founding Members and Early Trailblazers of the Department

Anthony (Tony) Barton, Ph.D

Dr. Barton was born in Paris, France in 1934 of an American mother and British father. As the war clouds gathered in 1939, his parents fled with their young son to England for several months before coming to the United States. In 1955 he received his B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in psychology. He was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Chicago in 1960 and 1964 respectively, with majors in personality and psychopathology. From 1957 to 1959, Barton served an internship at the University of Chicago Counseling Center, where he met Alice Wagstaff and Adrian van Kaam.

Through the encouragement of van Kaam, Barton joined the faculty at Duquesne in the Fall of 1960. Since his arrival at Duquesne, Barton has been engaged in teaching graduate courses in counseling and psychotherapy and in training clinical students. His work has involved re-thinking psychotherapy within an existential-phenomenological framework, as well as conducting phenomenological reflections and descriptions of the way different therapeutic visions constitute different worlds of meaning for clients. Barton has directed dissertations on psychotherapeutic processes, psychotherapeutic techniques, transformations in meditation, insight in psychotherapy and problem solving in psychotherapy. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a therapist and consultant in private practice. He has also presented numerous workshops for community mental health agencies and community groups.

Barton's published books include: Three Worlds of Therapy: Freud, Jung, and Adler (1974); and Foundations of Psychotherapy: Therapeutic Communication and Transformation (1987). He is currently working on a book entitled The Common Ground: What makes any counseling or psychotherapy work. 

Barton continues as a full professor in the department of psychology to date.